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Fossil Echo Review
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Posted: 4 months ago, last updated 3 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Fossil Echo is a short running and jumping game about a young boy's mistake and subsequent climb of a giant tower in the middle of the sea. The story is told in short animations and with challenging platform-style gameplay to create a moving and intriguing experience you can play multiple times.

Play involves jumping and running through internal and external spaces around the tower. Your task in each space is to continue your ascent but this often involves solving puzzles and timing jumps as well as charging forwards.

Like Limbo, Abe's Oddysee or Another World, it's an intentionally challenging game. You need to play levels repeated times to learn the careful timing, stealth and quick reactions needed to complete them. There are enemies in the game who shoot at you and present real harm, but after your initial defence that causes an enemy to fall to his death, you respond with resolute non-violence as you continue your climb.

As you progress you discover through flashbacks how the boy got there, and, more importantly, why he is there?

And for those willing to meet the challenge, eight temples offer some insight on the game's lore and back-story.

DetailsGame Details

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2016

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Narrative, Platform, Puzzle and Stealth

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Awaceb (@Awaceb)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete. You can play one level at a time as the game checkpoints after each area. You can find lots of secrets as you play multiple times. This is also extended by the optional temple challenges.
 
Players: This is a single player game.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

AccessibilityAccessibility

There is an Easy Mode that is designed to "let you enjoy the story without worrying too much about the challenge".
 
Our Fossil Echo Accessibility Report documents 1 accessibility feature:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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